2012-11-08 / Obituaries


Louise Panaro, age 69, of Brewster, formerly of Carmel, died November 3, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family after a valiant and courageous battle with cancer. She was the longtime companion of Albert Palancia.

Louise was born on August 22, 1943 to Anthony and Elvira (Marabella) Pirozzi. She was raised and educated in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn,. For nearly 30 years, Louise worked at Putnam Hospital as a dietary aid. During her years at the hospital she brought a great deal of comfort, happiness and love to all of the patients and her co-workers. She was regarded by many as their “Guardian Angel” as she offered kindness and friendship to all.

Throughout her life, Louise enjoyed both cooking and gardening. She was known in her neighborhoods to have a “green thumb” and her gardens were always the envy of her family, friends and neighbors. Of course, she shared her beautiful flowers and vegetables with everyone. Her cooking, which she learned from her mother “Vera,” was known to warm everyone’s hearts and souls, and she was always quick to make her award winning lasagna or chicken soup for anyone who was experiencing difficulties in their lives.

As the doting grandmother to Tommy, Lauren, Cristian and Angelo she always found special ways to bring smiles and enjoyment to them.

Louise is also survived by her loving daughter Jill O’Rourke and her husband John of Carmel; her son Gino Panaro and his wife Theresa of Manhattan Beach, Ca.; Ben Palancia (who she treated like a son and spoiled with lasagnas) and his wife Joanna; three brothers Michael, Anthony, and Paul Pirozzi, and her sister Jenny Marabella, in addition to many adoring nieces, nephews, and brothers and sisters-inlaw; and the many members of the Palancia family who adored and loved her.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. James the Apostle Church, Carmel. Friends may call at the Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster, on Sunday, November 11th from 4 to 8 p.m.

Louise lived her life bringing comfort, joy and food to all those who were in need. In her memory, in lieu of flowers, she would request that you make a donation to any local food pantry in her name, so that even in death she can continue to bring food and comfort to others.

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